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Welcome to the June 2011 issue of Social Work Connections

In this issue you will find an update on developments with the Health and Social Care Bill, the latest with The College of Social Work and our take on Munro’s final report on the findings of her review into child protection in England.

Congratulations to graduating students – what a massive achievement! You can read about the next steps to joining the Register as a qualified social worker in this issue and on our website.

If you are interested in learning about post-qualifying (PQ) awards from another social work professional’s viewpoint, you will enjoy reading Paul Lawrence’s case study. Paul has almost finished the PQ Advanced Level and MA in Professional Education and Training in Human Services (PETHS) at Kingston University.

Let us know what you think of June’s edition and what topics you would like to see covered in the future. You can share your opinions with us and other social workers through posting comments on articles and also by joining our private forum on the main website:

Longer Health Bill scrutiny revises transfer date

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In March, MPs scrutinised the Health and Social Care Bill in Committee, which include the legislation needed to transfer the functions of the GSCC to the Health Professions Council (HPC). A number of amendments to the Bill were tabled, but none of the tabled amendments were agreed. Read more

The College of Social Work - a step nearer

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The GSCC welcomes the news that the College of Social Work and the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) have agreed a process by which both organisations will work together to create a new entity - a single UK-wide College of Social Work. If the proposals in the Memorandum of Understanding are endorsed by BASW members at their forthcoming annual general meeting (AGM), the intention is to have the new body in existence by January 2012.

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Information for graduating students

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Congratulations if you have, or are about to, successfully complete your social work degree this summer. On course completion you will be eligible to apply to join the Social Care Register as a qualified social worker; you can find details of how to do this on our website .

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Munro review - the final report

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In June last year, the Department for Education commissioned Professor Eileen Munro to carry out a comprehensive review of child protection in England. She published two interim papers: Part One in October 2010, and the Interim Report in January 2011.

The final report, which was published in May 2011 was welcomed by the GSCC as a report which tackles head-on some of the difficult realities of frontline social work practice.

Professor Munro’s analysis finds that local areas should have more freedom to design their own child protection services and that a ‘one-size-fits-all approach’ to child protection is preventing local areas from focusing on the needs of the child. The report also focuses on reducing bureaucracy in children’s services in favour of increased use of professional judgement and expertise.

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PQ Case Study

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Paul Lawrence has almost finished the PQ Advanced Level and MA in Professional Education and Training in Human Services (PETHS) at Kingston University. He is the Practice Development and Learning Officer (Children’s Social Care) for the London Borough of Merton.

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Mental health training in social work degree not adequate

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The GSCC’s recent poll in Social Work Connections explored the adequacy of the Social Work Degree in addressing mental health awareness, and whether this equips you to support people who have mental health problems.

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Who would be a social worker?

During the month of May, Radio 4 ran a three-part series following final year social work students at Birmingham University from the lecture theatre to their first jobs in mental health, hospice care and frontline child protection.

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